_THE CALEDONIAN_


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10. The Caledonian Set  
       (as recorded in 1993 by Paul D. McGuigan)
    -most widely danced set in County Clare
    -several versions exist in Clare and a few versions exist in other parts 
     of Ireland.
    -this is a "step" set, where fancy steps can be performed during the 
     movements. 
     (Without doing the fancier steps, the set may seem very boring and 
     repetitive.)


  The figures are unnamed, but I have put my own names down as helpful reminders.   

1st Figure "Slide & Change"
2nd Figure "House/Home/House"
3rd Figure "Slide & Home/Slide & Change"
4th Figure "Change Partners with Opposites"
5th Figure "Each Gent Slides with all four ladies"
6th Figure "Body to Hornpipe" 



Note:  The Caledonian Set, The Paris Set, and The Plain Set can be danced with one
       of two fancy steps besides the basic reel step.  However, these fancy steps 
       should not be used in other sets.  Furthermore, doubling at the end of each 
       figure can be used in these sets.  However, doubling is not to be done at
       the end of all reel sets. 




1st Figure "Slide & Change"  {Reel - 120 bars}
    (The Caledonian)  [fits music: Shaskeen Live]  
-Opening position:  All face to centre, joining hands in a circle.

A CIRCLE           All dancers advance and retire, twice.
   {8 bars}

B HOME             All four couples dance around at home, twice around.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) SLIDE & CHANGE:  TOP COUPLES advance to centre and retire, 
                                    once (4 bars), and then dance half-way 
                                    around the house to each other's places
                                    (4 bars).  This movement is then repeated 
                                    to bring them back to their own locations
                                    again.  (The advance & retire is not a 
                                    slide step although it is called this.  
                                    It is a reel step advance & retire.)
   {16 bars}      

               (b) HOME:  TOP COUPLES dance around at home, twice around.
   {8 bars}

               (c) SLIDE & CHANGE:  TOP COUPLES repeat (a).
   {16 bars}

D SLIDE            All four couples advance to centre and retire, once.
   {4 bars}

E HOME             **SIDES ONLY** dance around at home, once around.
   {4 bars}

F FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat C.
   {40 bars}

G SLIDE            All four couples advance to centre and retire, once.
   {4 bars}

H HOME             All four couples dance around at home, once around.
   {4 bars}

I HOUSE            All four couples dance house around. 
   {8 bars}




2nd Figure "House/Home/House"  {Reel - 88 bars}
    (The Caledonian)   [fits music: Shaskeen Live]  
-Opening position:  All face to centre, joining hands in a circle.

A CIRCLE           All dancers advance and retire, twice.
   {8 bars}

B HOME             All four couples dance around at home, twice around.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance around the house inside.
   {8 bars}

               (b) HOME:  TOP COUPLES dance around at home, twice around.
   {8 bars}

               (c) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance around the house inside.
   {8 bars}
 
D SLIDE            All four couples advance to centre and retire, once.
   {4 bars}

E HOME             **SIDES ONLY** dance around at home, once around.
   {4 bars}
    
F FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat C.
   {24 bars}

G SLIDE            All four couples advance to centre and retire, once.
   {4 bars}

H HOME             All four couples dance around at home, once around.
   {4 bars}

I HOUSE            All four couples dance house around. 
   {8 bars}




3rd Figure "Slide & Home/Slide & Change" {Reel 184 bars}
   (The Caledonian)  [fits music: Shaskeen Live]  
-Opening position:  All face to centre, joining hands in a circle.

A CIRCLE           All dancers advance and retire, twice.
   {8 bars}

B HOME             All four couples dance around at home, twice around.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) SLIDE & HOME/SLIDE & CHANGE: 
                   (1) SLIDE & HOME:  TOP COUPLES advance to centre and 
                                      retire, once (4 bars), and then dance 
                                      around at home, once around (4 bars).
   {8 bars}

                   (2) SLIDE & CHANGE:  TOP COUPLES advance to centre and retire, 
                                        once (4 bars), and then dance half-way 
                                        around the house to each other's 
                                        place (4 bars).
   {8 bars}

                   (3) SLIDE & HOME:  TOP COUPLES repeat (a).
   {8 bars}

                   (4) SLIDE & CHANGE:  TOP COUPLES repeat (b) to bring them back 
                                        to their original locations.
   {8 bars}

               (b) HOME:  TOP COUPLES dance around at home, twice around.
   {8 bars}

               (c) SLIDE & HOME/SLIDE & CHANGE:  TOP COUPLES repeat (a). 
   {32 bars}

D SLIDE            All four couples advance to centre and retire, once.
   {4 bars}

E HOME             **SIDES ONLY** dance around at home, once around.
   {4 bars}
    
F FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat C.
   {72 bars}

G SLIDE            All four couples advance to centre and retire, once.
   {4 bars}

H HOME             All four couples dance around at home, once around.
   {4 bars}

I HOUSE            All four couples dance house around. 
   {8 bars}




4th Figure "Change Partners with Opposites"
 {Jig 216 bars} (The Caledonian) [fits music: Shaskeen Live]   
-Opening position:  All face to centre, joining hands in a circle.

A CIRCLE           All dancers advance and retire, twice.
   {8 bars}

B HOME             All four couples dance around at home, twice around.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance around the house inside.
   {8 bars}
 
               (b) SLIDE & CHANGE PARTNERS:  TOP COUPLES advance and retire, once
                                             (4 bars), then the couples separate, 
                                             and, while the ladies dance on the 
                                             spot, the gents dance in an 
                                             anti-clockwise direction over to 
                                             join up with the opposite ladies 
                                             (4 bars).
   {8 bars}

               (c) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES (top ladies from their own locations, with 
                           their new partners) dance around the house inside.
   {8 bars}

               (d) SLIDE & CHANGE PARTNERS:  TOP COUPLES repeat (b) to bring the 
                                             gents back to their original partners
                                             again.
   {8 bars}

               (e) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES house around each other.
   {8 bars}

D SLIDE & HOME     TOP COUPLES advance and retire, once (4 bars), and dance 
                   around at home, once around (4 bars).
   {8 bars}

E FIGURE           TOP COUPLES repeat C.
   {40 bars}
               
F SLIDE            All four couples advance to centre and retire, once.
   {4 bars}

G HOME             **SIDES ONLY** dance around at home, once around.
   {4 bars}

H FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat C.
   {40 bars}

I SLIDE & HOME     SIDE COUPLES advance and retire, once (4 bars), and dance 
                   around at home, once around (4 bars).
   {8 bars}

J FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat C.
   {40 bars}

K SLIDE            All four couples advance to centre and retire, once.
   {4 bars}

L HOME             All four couples dance around at home, once around.
   {4 bars}

M HOUSE            All four couples dance house around. 
   {8 bars}




5th Figure "Each Gent Slides with all four ladies"
   {Reel 184 bars} (The Caledonian)  [fits music: Shaskeen Live]  
-Opening position:  All dancers face to centre, joining hands in a circle.

A CIRCLE           All dancers advance and retire, twice.
   {8 bars}

B HOME             All four couples dance around at home, twice around.
   {8 bars}

C FIGURE       (a) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance around the house inside.
   {8 bars}

               (b) SLIDE & CHANGE PARTNERS:  TOP COUPLES advance and retire, 
                                             once (4 bars), then the couples 
                                             separate.  The gents dance in 
                                             an anti-clockwise direction 
                                             around each other to pick up the 
                                             side ladies to their left 
                                             (4 bars).  The side ladies dance 
                                             on the spot during the last 4 
                                             bars.
   {8 bars}

               (c) HOUSE:  TOP GENTS and their new partners dance around the 
                           house inside, starting and finishing at their new 
                           partner's location.
   {8 bars}

               (d) SLIDE & CHANGE PARTNERS:  TOP GENTS and their new partners 
                                             repeat (b).  The gents move one 
                                             place around again to pick up the
                                             opposite top ladies.
   {8 bars}

               (e) HOUSE:  TOP GENTS and their new partners repeat (c).
   {8 bars}

               (f) SLIDE & CHANGE PARTNERS:  TOP GENTS and their new partners 
                                             repeat (b).  The gents move one 
                                             place around again to pick up the
                                             side ladies.
   {8 bars}

               (g) HOUSE:  TOP GENTS and their new partners repeat (c).
   {8 bars}

               (h) SLIDE & CHANGE PARTNERS:  TOP GENTS and their new partners 
                                             repeat (b).  The gents move one 
                                             place around again to pick up 
                                             their original partners.
   {8 bars}

               (i) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance around the house inside.
   {8 bars}  
               
D SLIDE            All four couples advance to centre and retire, once.
   {4 bars}

E HOME             **SIDES ONLY** dance around at home, once around.
   {4 bars}

F FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat C.
   {72 bars}

G SLIDE            All four couples advance to centre and retire, once.
   {4 bars}

H HOME             All four couples dance around at home, once around.
   {4 bars}

I HOUSE            All four couples dance house around. 
   {8 bars}




6th Figure "Body to Hornpipe"  {Hornpipe 152 bars}
 (The Caledonian) [fits music: Shaskeen Live]    
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A FIGURE       (a) BODY:  In waltz hold, each couple dances in (1 bar) and dances 
                          back out (1 bar), then dances around to the location of 
                          the couple on its right (2 bars).

                          This movement is repeated three more times (12 bars), 
                          each couple ending up back in its original home 
                          location.
   {16 bars}

               (b) HOUSE:  All four couples house around.
   {8 bars}
 
               (c) SLIDE:  All four couples advance to centre and retire, twice. 
   {8 bars}

B FIGURE           Repeat A, but, during first bar of the BODY, each gent dances 
                             in alone with his left shoulder toward the centre 
                             while each lady moves on to the join the gent on her
                             right, each lady turning clockwise and between the 
                             centre of the set and the new gent.
   {32 bars}

C FIGURE           Repeat B, each lady now joins and dances with the gent that 
                             was originally opposite to her.
   {32 bars}

D FIGURE           Repeat B, each lady now joins and dances with the gent that 
                             was originally to her left.
   {32 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat B, each lady now joins and dances with her original 
                             partner.  However, the couples now dance only 
                             (a) and (b), not (c), to finish.
   {24 bars}

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